ArtBeat: In Brief: Screenprint Biennial at ACCR [Get Visual]

December 20th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Sara
Christopher Cannon, Runaways on Hunt Street screenprint

Christopher Cannon, Runaways on Hunt Street screenprint

By David Brickman

On a recent shopping excursion to River Street in Troy, I abandoned my spouse and ducked into the Arts Center of the Capital Region, where a gallery full of dazzlingly rich colors greeted me. The 2016 Screenprint Biennial, on view through Friday (December 23), is also hosted at Collar Works in Troy, and is just terrific. After it closes, a selected portion of the show will be mounted in January at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Connecticut. I’d say, if you miss it here, it might be well worth the trip to Norwalk. But try to catch it here if you can.

Organized by printmaker and RPI lecturer Nathan Meltz, the show handily demonstrates that a blue-collar medium that grew up in the golden age of advertising and was adapted into a fine art in the ’60s and ’70s is still wonderfully alive and well.

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Festival Fever: Ecstatic Age @ Collar Works, 8/29/14

August 27th, 2014, 12:07 pm by Greg
Swamp Baby

Swamp Baby @ Restoration Festival, 9/6/13 (photo: Timothy Reidy)

We Are Architects are bringing the Ecstatic Age to Troy on Friday evening (August 29). The event begins at 6pm at the Collar Works, and while we’re not exactly sure what to expect (which is always part of the fun, of course), here’s what the press release said:

“Ecstatic Age explores ideas, techniques and ephemera related to self-improvement, empowerment, transcendence, fulfillment and ecstasy in an evening of performances and workshops. This event takes the concept of a rave — the quintessential ’90s all-night-long bacchanalian dance party — as a framework for a DIY communal self-help session, dance party and music festival. Unraveling throughout the evening the event begins with gongs and singing bowls, progresses up to dance music, and concludes by decelerating through a series of increasingly emotional and introverted live music acts. Interspersed between music performances will be a variety of self-realization, self-help and affirmational workshops that include a yoga class, and group sessions with a motivational speaker and hypnotist, and closing the night with a period of guided meditation.”

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